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doesn't, he can suffer what happened to the great winston churchill, popular, historic, having won the war, but people worried about e economy picked the other party to run the country. it can happen here in 2012. that's "hardball" for now. countdown with keith olbermann starts now. which of these stories will you be talking about tomorrow? republicans revolt against the czar. paul ryan wants tax rates for the rich to be lower than tax rates for the middle class. not enough. we want $2525 billion cut from the budget. cut the federal workforce. we want $2.5 trillion cut in the years to come. don't ask us to show our math. >> the real up front cuts are substantial. about $330 billion.
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what is the more i i don't know, realistic figure? >> other than what's listed on here? >> advice to the gop freshman from the tea party's key? >> the first thing is to manage their enthusiasm. >> there was a cub reference? josh marshall on the infighting. the president and the state of the union and cutting social security and or medicare. new polling. overwhelming against it and they said don't do it, we got your back against the republicans that will do it. >> at 59, i'm trying to make it until i can retire at 62. now senator lindsey graham said he wants to raise the social security retirement age. >> arizona wears their heart on their sleeve for gabby giffords after her office release this is photo she leaves for houston and one of the best brain trauma
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rehab centers. >> those three words will sum it up. great rehab potential. great candidate. >> one knows all about that recovery. >> as devastating as gabby's injury is, it does not surprise me she is making this progress. >> can giffords come all the way back? we will have an expert. >> the poll numbers sink again. the repeal drops from half to 40%. all the news and commentary now on countdown. >> good evening from new york. this is friday, january 25st. the battle has begun between the house leadership and the tea party infused house new republicans over how much to cut the federal budget. in our fifth story, house gop
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czar, paul ryan whose road map would private as i social security for the rich and impose a tax hike while congressman of the study committee wanted to roll back spending to 2006 and slash the federal workforce by 15%. with that group's chairman hoping that democrats will find jesus. the economic gop economic czar, budget committee chairman will dlifrt public response to the state of the union address next week. the chairman chosen for fiscal bona fide as well as the infamous road map who some republicans don't want to talk about, much less implement it. it includes raising taxes on americans making between $2,000 and $200,000 and cutting taxes in half for the wealthiest americans so that the average for the little class would be higher than that for the
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wealthy. also replace medicare and medicaid with a voucher system and privatize social security for the wealthy. namely and practically speaking, the end of social security. do you think republicans will have a hard time? you will be right. chairman ryan, the czar and the gop leadership backed off the pledge to cut $100 billion from the budget because the fiscal year will be halfway over before they get a crack at it. the study committee that boasts 2/3 and 74 freshmen is crying foul. that committee's chairman, jim jordan and members unveiling their own plan to reduce spending not to 2008 levels as suggested, but to 2006 levels and keep them there for 10 years. cutting $2.5 trillion in spending. one example of how they would achieve that. reducing the workforce by 15%. they claim by attrition. will that affect unemployment?
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the study committee doesn't care about half year versus full year. they want it cut this year and then some. >> we also grab unspent dollars to get to $125 billion. it's important we meet the number to see our discussion and debate that is starting to unfold. >> in case you missed it, the congressman said we grab unspent stimulus dollars. freshman mick mull vainy insisting he did not speak for all newcomers spoke for all gop newcomers >> the $100 billion was a start. we want more. >> as for the democratic-controlled senate, jordan remains full of hope. >> who knows. some of these democrat senators may have seen the light and found jesus and realize they need to cut spending in light of what the american people said. i think you let the process work out. >> it's democratic, mr. member.
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one of the members of the study committee, john campbell should not be a point person for this effort. >> the real meat up front cuts still substantial. about $330 billion, it ain't the $2.5 trillion. what is the more realistic thing? >> the most realistic figure other than what's listed on here? >> oh, boy. finally former house majority leader dick army is calling on gop freshman to curb their enthusiasm. lest they repeat mistakes quoting we didn't manage our enthusiasms and the fact is it ended getting us in trouble. we ended up with the nightmare called the government shut down. that hat. let's bring in "washington post" reporter msnbc contributor ezra kline.
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is it part of the dynamic that many want to force exactly the kind of government shut down that mr. army now just so retrospectively deems a nightmare? >> i want to force it. if you are going to take a hostage and get what you want, you need to be credible when you say i'm going to shoot him. you can't say we would never let the debt limit expire and assume the white house will give you everything you want. you need to be so clear that you have no conception of how horrible it will be. we can't let it happen. they are crazy. they give in to your demands. >> before we dissect these plans, the first interparty showdown, is it about this number with the leadership saying we can't do that? the rank and file going glassy-eyed and seeing dollar bills dancing in their head? >> it will be difficult for the establishment.
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the elders in the house. what's in that figure, that 100 billion or $125 billion figure is crazy. fannie mae and freddie mac are the only things keeping it afloat. they are backing 9-10 mortgages being sold. they are the only ones backing workers. housing collapses the economy goes into a dip. they go into a dip and the republicans don't remain in power for long. this is a world where there is no amtrak or pbs. it's dangerous stuff. one last thing. an unspent stimulus fund, what that needs, people in your community are building a road. when the road is finished, they get money. when you take that money back, they stop building that road. you have an unbuilt road. it's not monmoney people are walking around with. they make real communities mad. when they have a half finished road, they have it to their house >> a road to nowhere. we haven't talked about chairman
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ryan's levels when the budget expires in march. it really is to use that term, a czar. how does that work and does it give them leverage to slash spending? >> they still need the senate and the white house to agree. it gives them no more leverage. -it is an odd set up. paul ryan will have an interesting couple of months. he has his own plan that honestly will be a very, very difficult thing to defend if too much comes out. it becomes too much public attention and they will have people further to his right push for example something unlike his plan that doesn't delay the plan and moves it. all these folks will manage the demands and be part of the tea party and the republican party and part of the government. the folks in the little will have a real tough time with it. from what you saw from the study committee, these guys don't want to disappoint the folks they
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promised. they are probably not going to listen to the folks that were there longer. you have to reign it back and be calm. we are the adults now. >> with ryan is giving one of the state of the union responses. ezra kline, have a good weekend. let's look at the internal politics with talking points memo, josh marshall. >> good evening. >> policy obviously begets politics. we touched on some. are house republicans fast appointing conflicts and actual get the popcorn popping and let's sit back and enjoy this? >> some of this is natural when you come in on enthusiasm and they had an element of it in 2009 and 2010. there is the difference between what the democrats want and what john boehner wants. a lot of what we saw last year wasn't like a platform.
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this is primal scream. it's boehner and the leadership of the republican party. we are in a tough place. you have people who want to be reelected next time too. you have those tea partier who is would like for the tea party stuff, it's nice to be a member of the house. it's a classic issue of letting some of your core supporters down easy if you can or ending up with a situation like bill clinton was able to maneuver the republicans into in 1995. they walked themselves off a cliff. a lot of it will come down to obama and whether he has the finesse to manage them into a jam. >> i'm tickled by the image of the primal scream.
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the tea party or primal scream. we quoted and this is an interesting segue. we quoted steven from ohio who said constituents want cuts, but not my spending. having thrown them out, is that the greatest political dimension to this that the gop has to find a solution to? >> it's the classic issue with the heart of a lot of politics. there is a lot of brought unhappiness about the fact that the federal budget is chronically out of balance. there is a reason why we have a lot of this spending. a lot of people rely on it. some of it they shouldn't rely on and others are key. it's not there for nothing. that's the essential issue and that's the key problem and part of what they will confront starting in like a week. >> as we know with the republicans can particularly, but democrats and politicians do it too.
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the easiest way to solve a problem is find an external enemy. is there a goal to pin this entire issue of cuts and either they are not enough or too draconian or with the wrong people? is it all going to wind up being hung around the image of barack obama and it's all his fault no matter what the outcome is? >> it will be tough and president obama has to play his cars poorly to get to that place. what president obama needs to think of and the white house needs to think of is you want to seem reasonable. federal budget is in bad shape and we have to do this and that, but not go so far in their direction that when the reality of what these cuts do start dawning on people. the republicans say me and barack. we are like this. we are right together. the democrats are finding out that there is something to be said for being in the minority sometimes. it's not all bad. >> government shut down or
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holding the debt limit hostage? are these realistic possibilities or too much common sense even in the gop? >> i think it's a realistic possibility. i'm not sure. not raising the debt limit is too insane even for the new folks on capitol hill. the government shut down, i think you listen to what some of the folks were saying a few moments ago and a lot of the new people in the house are not -- a lot of them didn't take it quite far enough. that was the problem in 1995. >> when they were running amway. >> have a good weekend. >> thank you. >> allowed to pick only one thing to cut, a news poll suggests 13% would cut social security and 21% cut medicare and 50% cut the military. is the president listening? the extraordinary conference in houston by the rehab specialist
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get your dirty government hands off my medicare. if they would rather are you deuce taxes or cutting funds from programs from when which they benefit. some say cut the programs despite the theoretical willingness to sacrifice, people are willing to slash. medicare and social security are untouchable. the fourth story, what the numbers mean for president obama's state of the union address and for the future of the democratic platform. the poll conducted for the times shows a reaction against the idea of cuts to medicare and social security. they would rather cut spending by a huge number than either social program. americans are opposed to raising the retirement age and benefit cuts and a higher retirement age are recommended by the president's deficit commission.
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we know what they had a deficit of. presented with those recommendations, all options are on the table. beforely delivers the state of the union. he might want to listen to this guy. >> when you look at how we should approach social security, i believe cutting benefits is not the right answer. i meet too many seniors who are struggling with the limited social security benefits they have. that raising the retirement age is not the best option. >> putting those limits or off limits options back on the table contributed to an erosion of the public's trust. november 2010 poll found americans then trusted republicans, the party that tried to dismantle social security more than democrats. first time that happened since the program became's defining issue in 1930. a loss of that support prompted liberal lawmakers and advocates
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to push back. the progressive caucus issued a letter to the president saying we urge you to send a clear message in your state of the union address. hands off social security. the progressive change committee addressing a new ad they plan to air in lindsay graham's campaign. they will go to bat against politician who is threaten benefits. >> i work at a local library in charleston. i love my job, but i'm in pain every day at work. i have a torn rotator cuff from carrying books. my hands have been numb at work. times when people come up with stacks of books and i want to cry. at 59, i'm just trying to make it until i can retire at 62. now senator lindsey graham said he wants to raise the social security retirement age. senator graham, people like me just won't make it. >> national affairs correspondent for news week,
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hello, john. >> hello, keith. >> dor these groups against graham, are they trying to show the president they will have his back if he stands up in defense of medicare and social security? >> no. they are trying to show him they won't have his back if he doesn't. it's a threat from the left. it works to a certain extent. he is going to speak up strongly for social security. remember how well it works for bill clinton to say save social security first. he will speak out strongly against privatizing. he will make everybody think in that speech that he has nothing at all critical to say about the social security program. but he will also indicate as he said when the commission report came out that all options are on the table. you can't get from here to there in terms of getting control of our fiscal future without dealing with entitlements.
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you can't deal with the problem in general not just talking about social security? general, but all entitlement programs. it doesn't make sense to say take off the table the idea of raising the retirement age in 2040 or 2050 when social security will be 100 years old and there an awful lot of people who are healthier if they retire later contrary to the woman in the ad. by the way, that ad, she made it seem as if lindsey graham wanted to take away her social security. >> statistics are clear that it's going up only for the upper 50% of income earners. for the lower, it's two years over the last 50 years. that added retirement age is not going to do anything for people not making a lot of money. >> i don't want to quibble over
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statistics, but the numbers are better than that. clearly i don't want you to think i'm for raising the age. princess a problem with the debate, keith. to say that to take things off the table for people who are not even born yet, i studied franklin roosevelt, as you know and what he considered to be bedrock is what bush tried to destroy. guaranteed return. the idea of privatizing is appalling. you can expect the president as well he should to come out against putting yourself at the fate of the stock market. the idea of working around the margins of the various complexities of social security, it's not set. there other ways they can -- beyond the retirement age, that they can solidify the system. you don't want to tell them they can't go to any fashion at all. >> you heard those numbers.
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i have them in the opening of the show. it's here in my file somewhere. 55% given a choice of one thing to cut, 55% said the military. the number for medicare i guess was 21% and social security was about 15%. that's a lot. that implies there republicans and democrats and young and old people. it's more than the others combined. does this president have the guts to talk about cutting the military? >> it's a great question. they cut the f-22, but has not cut nearly deeply enough in the military budget. it's a real test of obama. how far to the center is he going to move? is he going to pander on military spending? i think he wants to cut everywhere and feels like given the deficit picture not in the short-term, but the medium and long-term, he has to cut virtually everywhere. he's going to let the republicans make their
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suggestions. i think you will hear him say, i'm open to all your suggestions i will listen to what you have to say. that way they make the politically unpopular proposals and he stays above the fray. you will not see him go out and put his neck out and say we will cut social security. that's not going to happen. >> republicans are not going to left-side on the military cut. msnbc and news week. thanks. congresswoman giffords was moved from the hospital to one of the finest head trauma rehab centers in the world. the new doctors are stunned her ability to respond puts her in the top 5% of brain gunshot victims. how much better can she get? which means i get an even more rockin' hotel, for less. where you book matters. expedia.
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>> gabby giffords and her recovery and the new phase that began today. not hellos, but goodbyes. ranging the entire political spectrum from king louis the 14th in france to lenin skpo died in 1926 and still looks pretty good under glass. to eric blair, to the most infamous colonel tom parkner 1997. thank you, thank you very much. let's play odd ball. we begin in bakersfield, california with an invention that exemplifies the idea that just because you should make something, doesn't mean you
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should. say hello to the double-decker bike. it's quite simple to operate. you get a running start and climb up. the second rider will get on without throwing it off balance i can't wait to see how he can improve with i car. >> a pair of croatian cellists. they decided to use their talents to do a cover of smooth criminal with cello twirls and a fight scene. could be the best michael jackson song you will hear at least today. ? ♪ ♪ >> clearly they do not have the dance moves of those who do the
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>> it came out by the hundreds to show support, carrying flags and signs reading we love you, gabby. tucson goes with you.
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come home soon. they watched an ambulance carrying gabrielle giffords pass. less than two weeks ago they didn't know if she would survive. we learned from a doctor that inside that ambulance, she could hear applause and it made her smile and tear up. the congresswoman begins her rehab process and her doctors offer hopeful insight into a remarkable recovery. this morning she was escorted from the medical center to begin rehab in houston. she was able to catch one glimpse looking at the santa catalina mountains. the photo released by the office showing her in her hospital bed with her husband at her side. accompanied by her staffers and a doctor and a nurse. she was taken by air ambulance and flight to memorial herman hospital, a brain trauma facility in houston to which she will begin her rehab process the doctors offered stunning details of a transfer described
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as flawless. the doctor travelled with giffords. >> when we were traveling through the streets of tucson, there was several time we could hear applause in the ambulance with gabby and she responded very well to that. smiling and in fact even tearing a little bit. it was very emotional and very special. >> he explained how she was fit for a special helmet to protect her brain during the transfer. >> we had one fitted for her. the first thing she asked was can you make 1 w the arizona flag on it. we got one the next day. >> the team of rehab doctors at memorial herman sharing observations on how well giffords is doing. >> she has great rehab potential. those three words will sum it up. great rehabilitation candidate. we will keep her busy. >> she looks spectacular from
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from a neurological point of view, she came into the icou and she was alert, awake, calm. she looked comfortable. very good movement on the left of her body. she was very purposeful. we were testing her vision and she didn't like us shining the light in her eye. she wanted to keep them closed. these are all very good signs >> the most emotional testimony of the afternoon came from her nurse at university medical center in tucson. giffords arrived in texas wearing her ring and did not want to give it back. >> she was taking it off my hand and it was fitting tightly so i took it off and asked her if she wanted to see it. she was looking at it and turning it to see all sides of the ring and put it on her finger to hold on to it. i will miss her a lot. she is a very gentle person and her personality is coming out.
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with her touches and the way she touches us and the way she looks at us. i'm very luck to know her. i have a lot of hope for her and i know she will do great. she is a strong woman. you can see it. >> that strength and personality seemed to amaze everyone in the room. they added the perfect anecdote to end it. >> i'm happy to share my exact words were gabby, i'm proud to say i voted for you before and i will vote for you again. >> and she smiled really big that time. >> dr. jonathan slot kin is a neurosurgeon with brain and spinal surgery. thanks for your time. >> good evening. >> i want to ask about the doctors in houston. she looks spectacular and she is a great candidate. she will do remarkably well. aren't doctors with a high profile patient circumspect? they were just short of
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jubilant. what does that tell you? >> the first thing i would say about the doctors is from everything i can see, the treatment has been first-rate. text book treatment. in terms of why the jub lance, i think it's three-fold. the first is that she does have an excellent potential and she made a remarkable recovery. even from the get go when she was following commands the day of the surgery were promising. there is probably two other factors at play too. doctors are human. we are looking at her outcome and feeling a sense of joy inside. her doctors have to feel jubilation. the third thing i wonder side to what degree? i said to myself like you are implying. maybe you want to play your cards closer to the vest. i wondered if there has been a public or media pressure to sort of start to push things in this direction in a positive light. by all means, she has an
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excellent rehabilitation potential. >> they got very, very specific. her left motion is really good, but the right has tone. she may not talk, but she can stand. they are not sure about the right arm. i'm asking to you guess about a patient you have never seen, but does this tell you about what her recovery ceiling might be? >> if she was my patient with that description that we learned, i would say that the chance of a full recovery from a motor perspective is on the table. for me, if i was her doctor, i would think it was a home run if she ended up walking with a cane or walking with crutches i would consider that to be an outstanding result given that description. >> for want of a better term, what about the parts of her that make her gabby giffords. she has vision clearly, strong hearing and she is smiling and tearing up and responding to applause. that part of the politician is
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intact. she massaging her husband's neck with the nurse's ring and the iphone. she seems to be goofing on people already. can you assess by that how much of a patient like her had their personality survive this trauma? >> at this stage, that would be advanced. not unheard of, but advanced. the emotion and personality pieces seem like they are progressing very, very well. the biggest question over the next few months and there is no way to answer it now, i think we would say there is a significant interval between functioning in society and i'm a good family member and i can carry on a conversation. the difference between that and cognitive potential that allows you to perform as a congresswoman. there is no way to know that, but that will be about decision making and concentration and memory and things of that nature that there is no way we can know at this stage. >> the doctors say they have seen lip movement and only
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examined her for a half hour and won't say it is an attempt to speak. her husband said she is trying. do you have a guess? >> if you look at this brain model, everything in the brain is location. speech production would be more far forward. speech understanding would be in this area. we know from the fact that she can follow commands that speech understanding seems to be fine. because she has a breathing tube in her neck, that doesn't allow speaking we don't know if speech production is intact. one of the next moves will be transitioning that trak yoft me to what we call a talking trak. we will get a sense. i don't think that's known. it's been extremely helpful and thank you for spending some of friday night with us. >> thank you, keith. >> thinking about voting to repair a repeal health care
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news about the tea party tonight and people who want nothing to do them and the presidential candidate who want nothing to do with them. we have a look backwards to jobs lost you should bush. teresa chambers was the head of the park police in the days of the bush administration and told "the washington post" that budget cuts to the park police could make the public less safe. they fired her in july of 2004. miss chambers spent the years fighting in court to get her job back. politico reports the protection board just ordered her reinstatement and ken salazar will not appeal the ruling. she returns to washington as republicans are pushing budget cuts that would bring spending back to the levels of the push administration and republicans may claim that voters sent to
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them to washington with a mission to repeal obama care. any time you deal with health insurance, you better read the fine print. the last poll suggested that american support dropped to about half. in a poll, it's down to 40%. here's where the fine print comes in. the pollsters asked a series of follow-up questions. whether congress should repeal all or some of the reform and only 20% said all. 18% said just repeal parts of it. that's what part of the program they most wanted to see repealed, 8% said everything and 11% naming the insurance mandate. mitt romney's plan from massachusetts, a model for the national system turned a lot of tea partiers off his campaign, but the boston globe said even in the key early primary states and romney's neighborhood in new
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hampshire made no outreach, suggesting romney ran as the mainstream alternative and huckabee is the tea party favorite. michelle bachman is a tea party favorite and just like the republicans will have the official rebuttal and bachman said she too will give her own on the website of the tea party express. that's correct. the first state of the union tea buttal. this will be the last edition of countdown. i will explain that, next. [music playing]
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i think the same fantasy popped into the head of everybody in my business who has ever been told what i have been told. this will be the last edition of your show. you go to the scene from the movie network complete with the
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pajamas and the rain coat and go off on a verbal journey of unutterable vision and you insist upon peter finch's gutteral resonance and you will the viewer to go to the window, open it, stick out his head and yell. you know the rest. in the mundane world of television goodbyes, reality is laughably uncooperative. when i resigned from espn 13 1/2 years ago, i was given 30 seconds to say goodbye at the end of my last edition of sports center. with god as my witness, in the commercial break before the moment, the producer got into my earpiece and said can you cut it down to 15 seconds so we can get in the tennis result? i'm grateful that i have more time to sign off here. regardless, this is the last edition of countdown. it is just under 8 years since i returned to msnbc. i was supposed to fill in for
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exactly three days. 49 days later, there was a-year contract for me to return to this 8:00 time slot that i fled years earlier. the show established its position as anti-establishment with the stage craft of mission accomplished to the exaggerated rescue of jessica lynch in iraq to the death of pat tillman to hurricane katrina to the nexus of politics and terror to the first special comment. the program and grew entirely to your support and great comments if are me. i hope for you too. there were many occasions where all that surrounded the show and never the show itself was too much for me. with your support and loyalty if i may use the word insistence required that i keep going. my gratitude to you is boundless and you think i have done good here, imagine how it looked as you donated $2 million to the national association of free clinics and my dying father
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watched from his hospital bed and comforted that his struggles were inspiring such good for people, he and i and you would never meet, but would always know. this may be the only television program where in the host the much more in awe of the audience than vice-versa. we will also be in my heart for that and the donations to the family in tennessee and these victims of governmental heartlessness in arizona to say nothing of every letter and tweet and wave and hand shake and online petition. time ebbs here and top the close with more story. it is still friday. let me thank my gifted staff and a few of the many people who fought with me and for me. eric sorenson, neal shapiro, michael weiss. david bloom, john palmer, alana russo. rachel maddow and bob costas and my greatest protector, the late
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tim russert. let me finish by turning to the ritual of reading stories to you. i read these to my late father last winter and to you at his suggestion. it is from fables from our time and modern poems illustrated, published in 1940 when they taught those kinds of things. the fables much more than they do now. this is called the scott whoa knew too much by james thur ber. several summers ago there was a scottie who went to the country for a visit. he decided that all the farm dogs were cowards because they were afraid of a certain animal that had a white stripe down its back. you are a pussycat and i can lick you, the scottie said. i can lick the animal with the white stripe too. show him to me. don't you want to ask any questions about him? said the farm dog? >> no, said the scottie. you ask the questions.
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so the farm dog took the scottie into the woods and showed him the animal and the scottie growled and slashed. it was all over in a moment and the scottie laid on his back. the farm dog said what happened? he never laid a glove on me. a few days later the farm dog said there was another animal all the farm dogs were afraid of. lead me to him. i can lick anything that doesn't wear horseshoes. don't you want to ask any questions about him? no, said the scottie. show me where he hangs out. the farm dog led him to a place in the woods and pointed out the little animal. the clown, said the scottie. a push over. he closed in leading with his left and exhibiting some mighty fancy footwork. in less than a second, he was flat on his back and when he woke up, the farm dog was pulling quills out of him.
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what happened said the farm dog? he pulled a knife on me, said the scottie. at least i learned how you fight up here in the country and now i'm going to beat you up. so he closed in on the farm dog, holding his nose with front paw to ward him off and covering his eyes with the other front paw to keep out the knives the scottie couldn't see and he couldn't smell his opponent and so badly beaten he had to be put in a nurse nursing home. moral? it is better to ask some of the questions than to know all the answers. the scottie who knew too much. chris hayes filling in for rachel maddow on the rachel maddow show next. widen the shot out so we can do one of these a last time. good night and good luck.


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